What is Gravity waves: Definition and 95 Discussions

In fluid dynamics, gravity waves are waves generated in a fluid medium or at the interface between two media when the force of gravity or buoyancy tries to restore equilibrium. An example of such an interface is that between the atmosphere and the ocean, which gives rise to wind waves.
A gravity wave results when fluid is displaced from a position of equilibrium. The restoration of the fluid to equilibrium will produce a movement of the fluid back and forth, called a wave orbit. Gravity waves on an air–sea interface of the ocean are called surface gravity waves or surface waves, while gravity waves that are within the body of the water (such as between parts of different densities) are called internal waves. Wind-generated waves on the water surface are examples of gravity waves, as are tsunamis and ocean tides.
Wind-generated gravity waves on the free surface of the Earth's ponds, lakes, seas and oceans have a period of between 0.3 and 30 seconds (frequency between 3.3 Hz and 33 mHz). Shorter waves are also affected by surface tension and are called gravity–capillary waves and (if hardly influenced by gravity) capillary waves. Alternatively, so-called infragravity waves, which are due to subharmonic nonlinear wave interaction with the wind waves, have periods longer than the accompanying wind-generated waves.

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  1. Leonard Begy

    B Gravity waves and Planck's constant

    Can the energy of a gravitational wave be related to Plancks constant?
  2. D

    I Gravity Wave Propagation: Negative Energy Pulse?

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  3. enorbet

    B Gravitational Wave Background: The Mysteries of the Universe

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  4. jim mcnamara

    B Report shows gravity waves in clouds(?)

    https://www.sciencealert.com/a-weather-satellite-has-captured-rarely-seen-gravity-waves-in-earth-s-atmosphere This shows satellite images of what are being called gravity waves in clouds. There is an explanation of what happens in the example, using a timelapse 'movie' Is this a nomen...
  5. R

    I Measuring Gravity Wave Time Distortion Accuracy

    Has/Can gravity wave time distortions be measured to any degree of accuracy as does LISA measures space distortions? If not, why not?
  6. CHOP

    I Gravity Waves or Gravity Delay: Exploring Both

    Or both? The cycling between 'stretch' and 'squeeze' is caused by the orientation changing of the black holes with respect to us. Correct? This is understood as waves (or pulses) moving through space, Correct? So they take time to get to us. So, consider the orientation which yields us being...
  7. negative

    B Black Hole Paradox: Exploring Gravity Waves

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  8. C

    B How electromagnetic stellar gravity waves (GR) form the effects of sound waves at the LIGO observatory?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIGO#/media/File:Simplified_diagram_of_an_Advanced_LIGO_detector.png The axis on the bottom of the graph depicts frequencies between 20-1000 Hz which are sound waves. Again, how can a sound wave (gravity waves) propagate in the near vacuum of stellar space...
  9. J

    I Determining Mass & Info of Merging Neutron Stars from LIGO Signal

    How does one determine/calculate the masses, orbital period, and separation of two merging neutron stars from the characteristics of its gravity wave LIGO signal? And how does this information allow one to calculate the distance to the galaxy that housed the merger? And how can one calculate...
  10. Jezza

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  11. D

    B Gravity waves and density perturbations

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  12. Jimster41

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    This has to be a mistake right or just wacko. Not the sprites (which are awesome) but the reference to "gravity waves". I love spaceweather.site but those sure aren't gravity waves? http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=129854&PHPSESSID=pokk9dgvl9o46qaq17rq1jbms6
  13. Ontophobe

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  14. A

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  15. A

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  16. Piranha Butch

    B Gravitational Waves: What Happens In Between?

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  17. Nerophysics

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    Hi I am currently writing a sci fi book for children, and I wonder what happens with a spacecraft if it sails through powerful gravity waves? Does it have any consequences for the ship/crew at all? How abundant are gravity waves in space if you are sailing between stars or galaxies? Thank you!
  18. T

    Stargazing New Radio Telescope is World's Largest

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  19. E

    B LIGO detects second gravity waves

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  20. S

    I Gravitational Waves Vs. Aether Wind

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  21. EnumaElish

    I Does non-gravitational acceleration produce waves?

    In view of the observational equivalence of gravity and acceleration, does acceleration produce ripples in spacetime, similar to gravity waves?
  22. S

    I Gravity Waves & Gravitomotive Force: Is Rotation Possible?

    For a binary emitting gravity waves: are there any directions of space into which gravity waves are not emitted for reasons of symmetry? Also: a steadily rotating electric charge current causes a magnetostatic field A steadily rotating mass must cause a gravitomagnetostatic field. Electrostatic...
  23. W

    I Could pulsar timing arrays see primordial gravity waves?

    Im wondering if pulsar arrays could see primordial gravity waves? I have understood the only way to seem them would be to a) via indirect imprint on CMB polarisation b) direct viewing via some gigantic space based interferometer like Big Bang Observer However I was looking at this image...
  24. C

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  25. J

    I How Do Orbiting Black Holes Generate Gravitational Waves?

    I am probably missing something, but it seems to me that the only way gravitational waves could be generated would be if the center of gravity of a massive body or system began oscillating somehow. The detection of such waves was recently reported and were supposedly generated by a pair of black...
  26. Bmaxwell

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    I'm a structural engineer in Mississippi and I love all aspects of cosmology. I want to learn all I can about gravity wave technology. I was not expecting the level of detail that a single event is revealing. It's very interesting that they expect to see gravity waves from objects other than...
  27. Justice Hunter

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  28. M

    Recording gravity waves over the noise floor

    I'm curious as to how the gravity waves were recorded given how small the amplitude of the wave was/is. Was it not below the thermal noise floor? Were noise removal techniques used, etc? Also, what kind of sampling rate/bit depth was used? Thanks
  29. .Scott

    Pull Mass from 2 Black Holes: Uncovering the Mystery of Gravity Waves

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  30. N

    Gravity Waves: Energy Transfer from Observation

    I'd be interested in hearing some thoughts on this. Does the fact that a set of gravity waves were observed imply that some energy, presumably a very small amount, was transferred from the gravity wave to observing instruments? If so, where in the apparatus and how did this transfer occur?
  31. Mark Harder

    Speed of Gravity Waves: An Unmeasured Assumption?

    Many popular accounts claim that gravity waves move at the speed of light. Now, I know 2 things: Special relativity says their speed cannot be greater than the speed of light in a vacuum. Gravity is a different fundamental force than the electromagnetic force. The same goes for their fields...
  32. C

    Force based explanation of gravity waves still possible?

    It's quite chilling that gravitational wave has been detected.. can force based explanation of gravity waves still be possible? How? or does it prove 100% that GR is true or gravity is really spacetime curvature?
  33. I

    Gravity Waves and Superposition?

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  34. bcrowell

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    The LIGO paper https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-P150914/public puts limits on the dispersion of gravitational waves, which can be interpreted as an upper limit of 10^-22 eV on the mass of the graviton. We all know that low-amplitude gravitational waves are supposed to propagate at c according to the...
  35. ohwilleke

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  36. U

    Gravity wave cancellation cause space expansion?

    Is it possible that the increased acceleration of the universe could be caused by the cancellation of gravity waves? If not, what would be the impact on space-time when gravity waves do cancel out?
  37. JaredMTg

    Gravity waves and gravitational radiation

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  38. Grinkle

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  39. G

    Gravity Waves & Gravitons: Exploring the Distortion of Space-Time

    If a mass bends space-time somehow and then I nudge it, the bend changes. This distortion of space-time bend is supposedly expanding at the speed of light and could be called a "gravity wave" that carries energy. Why is this wave not the distortion that creates a "graviton" like EM and photons?
  40. magi

    B Extreme Gravity Waves: A Phenomenon That Can Alter Time on Earth

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  41. T

    Gravitational Waves and the Expansion of the Universe: Redshift or Not?

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  42. T

    Why does the h tensor represent gravity waves?

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  43. M

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  44. H

    Detecting Gravity Waves: An Exploration of Using Them for Communication

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  45. Garth

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  46. V

    Propagation of gravitational waves

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  47. T

    Why does inflation generate gravity waves?

    I've been trying to understand the whole BICEP story. Here's what I think I understand so far: Inflation produces primordial gravitational waves. During recombination, photons decouple from matter and the CMB is formed. Propagating gravity waves stretch space in one direction and squeeze it in...
  48. D

    Can light produce weak gravity waves?

    I have read online that light can produce a weak gravitational field (for example antiparallel beams should, in principle, attract weakly). This made me wonder if light can produce minute gravitational waves. Even if the waves were extremely weak (no disregarding of those high order terms in the...
  49. enorbet

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  50. P

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    The basic question was inspired by some other recent threads on the "fabric of space". If we imagine a 2-d spatial rubber sheet, how closely can we make its vibrational modes compare to gravity waves (in the limit of non-relativistic velocities). It's well known that gravity waves locally...